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Tom Shakespeare on Enabling Equality: from disabling barriers to equal participation

Copyright Belinda Mason

When: Fri 30 May 2014, 18.30-20.00

Where: Conference Centre, British Library

Price: £8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5

Book now for 30 May 2014

In this talk, the researcher and disability rights advocate Dr Tom Shakespeare will explore what it takes to achieve equality for disabled people, in the era of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ‘welfare reform’. Barrier removal and reasonable adjustments make workplaces more accessible, but only if the extra costs which disabled people face are met through state benefits. Because disability is so diverse, ensuring that all disabled people can flourish requires more than simply levelling the playing field. Where next for disability equality?

Tom Shakespeare is a senior lecturer in medical sociology at the University of East Anglia. Previously, he worked at the World Health Organization where he was one of the authors and editors of the World Report on Disability (2011). Author of Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited (2013) among other publications, Tom has been involved in the disability movement since 1986.

The event will be chaired by Howard Wollman, Chair of the British Sociological Association

This event will have live subtitling for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors provided by Stagetext.  If you intend to use the live subtitles, please email social-science-events@bl.uk once you have booked your tickets(s) so that we can set aside an appropriate number of seats in the auditorium.

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Image of Tom Shakespeare credited to Belinda Mason